16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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16 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Lima
— 3 nights
Bus:  4​h
2
Ica
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Cusco
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  12​h 15​min
5
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Seattle

3
nights
Lima

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Get some cultural insight at Miraflores and Centro Historico de Lima. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Barranco, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lima online attractions planner .

Seattle, USA to Lima is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Lima, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect nights in Lima to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

1
night
Ica

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): examine the collection at Regional Museum of Ica, do a tasting at Ocucaje, then learn about winemaking at El Catador, and finally do a tasting at Tacama.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ica road trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Lima to Ica in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Ica sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Ica

Wineries Museums
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Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica
Ocucaje ©
Ocucaje

4
nights
Cusco

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Do some cultural sightseeing at San Blas and Centro Historico De Cusco. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Blas (Iglesia de San Blas), take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and get in on the family fun at Manu Wildlife Peru.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ica to Cusco in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ica in September, Cusco is a bit cooler at night with lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
San Blas ©
San Blas
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Catalina Monastery and Monasterio de la Recoleta. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Yanahuara, admire the landmark architecture of Casa del Moral, stroll through Playa los Arcos, and relax and rejuvenate at Arequipa Massage.

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Traveling by car from Machu Picchu to Arequipa takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Arequipa are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos
Monasterio de la Recoleta ©
Monasterio de la Recoleta

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